Though our nation turned its Piazza eyes to mythic Cooperstown on Sunday afternoon, it is Hoboken that makes a convincing claim  as the true labor/delivery room of the National Pastime. The first baseball game for which there is a record took place on June 19, 1846, at Elysian Fields, way on the other side of the Hudson (albeit not so deep in the bosom of suburbia ). The final score was New York Nine 23 Knickerbockers 1.
I sincerely hope we can make the next great date in Hoboken baseball history Monday, August 8, 2016, when you join me at Little City Books  at 7 PM for an evening of Mets book talk. The book is Amazin’ Again: How the 2015 New York Mets Brought the Magic Back to Queens . The talk will strive to be stimulating enough to carry an off night on the Mets’ schedule. We may not do anything anybody will look up 170 years from now, but I’m willing to bet we can entertain one another more effectively than the Knickerbocker pitching staff held the Nine in check.
If you’re in New Jersey, I’m excited to come see you. If you’re anywhere else in the area, it’s only a PATH train ride from Manhattan . Let’s make a little baseball history together. Let’s have the most fun Mets fans can have on a night the Mets aren’t playing.